If you are planning to tile the walls, floors or ceilings of your home, you will realize that the task is gargantuan in itself due to the multiple aspects that are to be considered. Right from the surface, to the tile types, design, color, look, to finally hiring a tiler for the job. With the abundance of choice and trending designs, it may get complicated for the task at hand.
A tiler is a professional who lays tiles on the surfaces of residential, commercial and public properties. They lay different types of tiles on external and internal spaces for decorative as well as protective purposes.
Tilers need to work out the material quantity required for the job. For this, they take measurements of the surface. Tilers mark the surfaces they need to work on by looking at the plan. They need to work this out by keeping several things in mind like the specifications given by the customer in terms of design, look, budget, etc.
Tilers before starting with their work, have to prepare the surface they want to work on. They remove adhesives, old tiles, grout, and cement already there on the surface. Tiler fills the holes and cracks on the surface if any before starting the work.
Next up is laying and installing the tiles with the help of tools like set squares, spirit levels, trowels, spatulas, and caulking trowels. They maintain the pattern and rows of the tiles with of help of spacers.
They manually and with the help of electric cutters, cut and trim the tiles to the right size. They also shape the edges, corners, or around obstacles such as fittings and pipes.
They then prepare and apply grout. They remove excess grout and finally clean and polish the tiles. The last and final step is applying waterproofing systems. A tiler apart from being skilled in his job role and ability to use the desired trade tools, knowledge in tile compositions and innovative flooring ideas can get himself career opportunities like site manager, self-employed or even commercial consulting on tiles and tiling.
You can ask around your friends and family who've already hired tilers in the past and have got satisfactory results. A simple you search on the homify website will give you a dropdown list of tilers in Surat. There are filters you can apply to find the tiler of your choice.
To find a skilled tiler there are certain qualities you need to look out for. A tiler should have an artistic mind. The professional should be abreast with the latest designs and technologies available in the market. Of keen importance are interest and an ability to play with colors.
A tiler needs to have a structured mindset as a lot involved in the placement of tiles. They also should be methodical in their work. Urgency and accuracy at the same time are skills to look out for.
The profession requires a lot of heavy lifting and bending. This calls for a fit and physically strong body build. Since the work environment differs and work involves risks, a tiler should be aware of the health and safety rules. He should have problem-solving skills. A very important trait, this helps a tiler go a long way in his profession.
Good manual skills are key. Skilled to work with the tools of the trade in both laying, cutting and polishing the tiles are important. Tiling requires calculation and measurement as tiles tend to vary in shapes and sizes. Basic math skills help tilers to figure out how to cut and place tiles.
A tiler works individually and in a group. Good communication and organizational skills are key.
Tilers across Surat would charge around approx for kitchen tiling and bathroom tiling work. The demolition charge may be a bare minimum of 15/- per sq. ft. Fixing the tiling or re-tiling work may cost around 30/- per sq. ft.
You can keep the costs low by following these tips-
As a customer, by following these points you can be well prepared ahead of hiring the tiler to cut down on the costs. Do check out the homify website for more knowledge and information on different tile types, tile designs, tile textures, tile patterns and much more. homify has dedicated blogs for inspiration for your upcoming tiling project keeping in mind the latest trends in the market.